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i have known ross for over 17 years, have worked with him in our district 5, with the vis dareo business community. he's the reason we have the trees and the -- down the vis daro right now. he's worked with us, has been up nights, working out plans to help us have a better community. the things that i'm seeing right now is just unbelievable, you know, how we can take a person and just strip them down. i think it's very unfair. i don't even hold the mayor accountable right now because i think somebody's pulling his chain because at first he said he wasn't going to do anything to ross, he was going to let ross make his own decisions. so i think we are right now at a point where a lot of people are being pressured by special interest, and i think it's now that we all take a stand and say this has to end. we need to stand up for what we believe as citizens, and we need
to back people that we believe back us. and i'm for ross. you need to reinstate him. i don't even believe he should even be here and you should be voting on this. this is not something for the supervisors to vote on. we put him in office. if we want him out we'll take him out. that's our choice. so reinstate him and allow us to do our jobs as citizens. thank you. >> president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, everybody. my name's peter, i'm with the).o lower haight street merchants association. everybody's talking about ross' past. i want to talk
i was there because i didn't have identification on me at that time. but there was a few that treated us like crap. i said when i get out of here i'm going to do something about against the guy. but in the future i believe that if ross is put bf&n the position in which he was voted for, i think the sheriff's place, just like district 5 was a much better place now after he left it.ky%s and you supervisors, you do a great job and you have a lot of stress on you right now and i'[l glad i'm not running for another four years. i know this is a important time in historyzi: guys. so take into consideration not just his past, but
what we elected him to do, let him do it. time. bye-bye. >> president chiu: thank you. >> my241y fellow residents, my e is emilio, i'm aúktsz represente of the latino community at san francisco state. i'm a firm beli#$í9bjez the powr of democracy. us. don't you think it's wrong that our tax dollarsg"gm are being misappropriated in order to it's wrong the vote of the supervisors commission has been hastened to take place prior to the november elections? imposing unnecessary pressure and potential bias in the decision? i believe there has been an
abuse of power. i believe there should be justice. you want us to go out and vote. then bring back our sheriff. he stood for us, and we should stand with ross. >> president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, president chiu, honorable members of the board of supervisors, all of which are paying attention except for one that's playing with her ipad. my name is pedro fernández, a former san francisco policeman, seen lots of domestic violence in this my time, been a victim of domestic violence. if bruised from being grabbed a couple of myáj÷girlfriends would be released on probation. you guys are building the gallows. you have the hammers, you have the nail and the wood. it's on you. you are the pontius pilot of
this scenariodu and mayor ed le has put you in an untenable position i wasn't want toaéypo , and i look around, i know there are a few of you running for spot to be in. but you have to measure the the crime against tw penalty. he was taken away from his family for seven months. seven months. publicly and privately, he's been villainized, and;í;>ñ cano. i can go on but the bottom line is this man has been dogged from day one. he has not been given his just due. a grab of the arm is wrong. he's apologized for that and paid a penalty for that and the bottom line is at the end of the day we elected him. he scored 20,000 more votes than the sitting mayor. before i close i want to say one more thing.
nobody bothered in this panel, anybody in this room has spoken to elanea lopez. shame on you. >> president chiu: next speaker. >> good afternoon, mr. president and board of supervisors. i'm in here, there are so many people inside here and outside, they're all supporting ross, from different backgrounds and different ethnicities based -- i've never seen that. myself, i have never seen that. and he did a lot for this city and that's why people elected him as the sheriff. and people elected him, not any other thing. and this is democracy. i love this city because in here, people don't look at each other with prejudice. and they don't label each other. they don't play political games. they don't look at each other with that. so show us that you are the true representative of these people
san franciscans and reinstate ross. >> president chiu: next speaker. >> president chiu, and supervisors. i'd like that wave. that was very, very original. i'm terry anders of anders and anders foundation. and i'm here speaking in support of ross. i was sitting around these tables when ross created the reentry council. i was sitting around these tables when ross spoke up for labor. i was sitting around these tables when ross spoke up for the individuals in these marginalized neighborhoods. i'm part ofvmm;ñ bayview, i'm pf the fillmore because these are people that i work with, the ones in and out of prison, the ones in and out of the rehabs, the ones trying to get into
these unions, the ones that need access where they can turn their life around, he has been instrumental in being part of that. and i'm glad that i have been part of that process with him. as you look around and hear everybody speak, they're not just talking. their wheels are not just rolling. heart. and it's a process. i mean i'm glad that the process has finally come to a end. it's been sickening and disheartening to actually believe that city officials would allow another person to be dehumanized as this man and his family has been. it reallywgx but i'm glad that i'm here today going to stand up for him and i'm going to stand up for your right to make theañç right decision to reinstate our sheriff. >> president chiu: thank you. next(!>x speaker. >> good afternoon, president chiu and supervisors. my%lúmu name is mindy kenner wih
anders and anders. we are a community5v based organization out of the bayview, and>ñ visitacion valley. ross mirkarimi is a good and decent family man who has dedicated himself to serve the citizens of san francisco. he serves the people who can't speak out for themselves. he's a champion of reentry. he has a great understanding of the issues before us for realignment, and those coming out of jails, and prett prisons. we elected ross to do his job as sheriff. as a woman, he do not see how this interferes with his duties and responsibilities as sheriff. today, we really need to ask ourselves, if we want to continue to foster a cult ofuref
taking our vote away in this city, why was no action taken for joanne hayes-white who hit her husband with a vase and then refused to pay child support to her young son. how can a million plus dollars be spent on this insanity when i work with kids who are on the corner, we have no funds for training and putting them into union positions? i think that you really need to ask yourself why mayor lee has come and taken our vote away. thank you. >> president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> president chiu and supervisors, my name is paul, and i served for eight years on the san francisco ethics commission. and including a year as president and as vice chair. and i served the first eight years that the current charter was in effect, starting in 1996.
there hasn't been -- the law has not changed one iota since i served on the commission. and during those years, we heard many cases of alleged official misconduct. but the reason you haven't heard about most of them is because we were instructed as follows, by both city attorney louise rene and herrera which is opposed to what the city attorney is claiming was the law in this case. we were instructed, unless the commission has found probable cause to believe that a provision of the charter or city ordinances relating to campaign finance, lobbying, conflicts of interest, or governmental ethics has been violated, the regulations are clear thati.z further action may be taken by the commission. he goes on to state, the charter does not2xi?y authorize the commission to impose any type of
public censure upon individuals who have not committed a violation within the jurisdiction of the ethics commission. the ethics commission only has jurisdiction over thegg6.ñ local campaign and governmental conduct code. it does not have jurisdiction political reform act and definitely includingu#93h the domestic violence laws and misdemeanor false:kñ imprisonme. and we did in fact consider a case that involved a high-ranking official of the sheriff's department that was the legal counsel for the sheriff'sá8k4áp)tment, who had responded to a sunshine request sending him a letter signed nursex%7 ratchet. mocking him basedwlx on -- >> president chiu: thank you very much. thank you veryos much. next speaker. >> good afternoon.
my name is sanford forte, a resident in mr. mar district. i don't know mr. mirkarimi or anyone in his family or inner circle nor did i vote for him. this is my second appearance before this body. the sheer transparency of manipulation by the people's representatives in this case in which should have always remained a family private matter is shameful and beyond the every day shenanigans that occur within the halls of political battle. this manipulation orchestrated by san francisco mayor and district attorney, otherwise good men, has invented a victim to accomplish political ends and in fact has caused that victim further victimization and further victimized her entire family at taxpayer expense. mr. mirkarimi and his wife had a domestic disagreement, an accidental bruise resulted. the da's invented victim has tried to make this personal fact abund absently clear but nobody
wants to listen. the d.a. said she in no idea that a camera would end up leaving her family with little negative reams that will live forever on the internet. since this political manipulation has been staged as a mock trial, please -- of the d.a.'s invented victim in this case how can anyone beyond a shadow of a doubt that mr. mirkarimi cannot perform the duties he was elected to do. don't let yourselves be a party to continued unnecessary ruining of a family and a man's reputation. you are better than that. >> president chiu: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, honorable supervisors, president chiu. my name is -- herrera -- mission coalition, san francisco, and i'm here in support of -- mirkarimi. as i said in my communication,
this is devisive controversial issue but a simple issue -- official misconduct, this is a legal thing made clear in my communication that -- specific route. the only reason you can call it official misconductq92o is you - any type of misconduct with those performed in office. that is the new standards that themselves. unfortunately there was the same person there, president hur, who dissented and -- him, okay. let's look at two-w-óy things. context, proportion and let's haveñ"$qw perspective. on december 31, the incident happened. a video --$eñy to -- to -- shed
an agenda. on the -- that was on the 1st. on the there was am+çiñ exchange femal. she was insisting there was --g insisting that elanea call the police. she said no -- withírú family. the -- was in accordance. she say this a family+( thing. do-do hit the fan. -- everywhere. domestic violence is a family issue paid by -- and mothers with money from the -- opponents. now is that fair? it's shameful, it's shameful. but -- the charges both -- thank you very much. >> president chiu: thank you very much. thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon.
thank you for having us here today. my name is -- ramirez a community organizer with -- committee -- united in redwood city and in san francisco. and as an outsider of san francisco, my job is always coming together with community justice with people, with community members. and i'm just afraid how this government -- ourselves as a numbers, how do they -- we deserve respect. we, as a community members in my united parents committee, we stand up for ross mirkarimi and we stand up for the dignity of a woman, of a family. because you know that a family is a really important part of our society.
i'm a -- domestic violence and i am not here because casa dlos madres is helping me. they only want my picture once a week and then after that, raise money to get that money, and do i don't know what. we don't know what they do with that money because they only trying to get publicize themselves and get more and more money, and serve the mayor of san francisco because this is -- i hear a lot that this is ethics commission mayor, women -- what is the other commission? and every other commission is a mayor's commission. and i'm really afraid also that this city hall is not going to so please reinstate ross mirkarimi,ñér reinstate the
dignity of the woman, reinstate the justice in san francisco. thank >> president chiu: thank you. next speaker#mj;c. >> hi. my name is jim and let me5zoñ bn by saying ross and elanea are we came to know ross as our supervisor and understood his intelligence, passion, and capacity to accomplish great things. all of us, human, and therefore noted p perfect. that brings us to the restorativei's justice issue tht ross supports, our da supports, supposedly everybody supports, theodoaç idea is that you're sud to acknowledge wrong-doing, you're supposed toúhlz apologiz, you're supposed to make amends to the injured party that are the goal is to return to societ
and be fruitful and productive, and go forward. that's what we're asking5s)÷ yoo do for ross. we need him as our sheriff. obviously, from the comments eliana is very satisfied that he has made amends, and she has made it very clear how she wants this to go forward. so since we are all human, we all do make a mistakes. i'll repeat the quote that was given earlier, let he who is first without sin be first to cast the first stone. thank you. >> president chiu: thanks. next speaker. >> i'm here in response to all that is going on, and it's very saddening that they did this to ross. i saw ross at the earthquake memorial for all the victims and
everything. and i felt that though there was something going on with ross that night, because he was very disturbed. now, he didn't have time to talk to me, because he had to go chase his son down, because she couldn't catch him. now, ross leads by example, not with an iron hand. and we should recognize that. when she said that it was going to ruin ross' career, you know who it really ruined? it ruined her. and i hope it doesn't because she's a really good girl, and ross is really lucky to have her. now, as far as predicting the future, i predicted an earthquake, and a tsunami, and
the demise of all the nuclear power plants. i did this on tv so you can't debate it. now, i thank ross. i thank that little boy for being there. keep ross going. and i hope that you all realize that god did this for you, not to you. my birthday is 9/11, and god did that for me so that you may know me. crucifixion, the second0b87 on. and he does not forsake us. he's done all this foriçd0 us. so thank you. >> president chiu: thank you. speakeriyzñ. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
as akfwc÷ citizen and business , i'm supporting mr. ross mick, --mirkarimi and asking you to please reinstate our s8f"-÷°ñ please. thank you >> hello. nichole -- and i was born and raised inzdm< san francisco andi also teach at stanford i ask you to look at the facts before you. mirkarimi plediif8w guilty. his conviction is beyond his own case. he's the top law enforcement ideally the sheriff would have said because i've -- the crime and i want my department to be seen as a department that will not only hold offenders accountable but ask offenders to hold themselves accountable and since my conviction is relevant to my duties and probation term within my own department that i will oversee, i will resign for the integrity of this city and send a message that any level of
domestic violence will be taken seriously but he didn't do this. so i am asking you not to be scared of setting a precedent of removing a sheriff from office for misconduct related to the sheriff's role. we voted you because we thuft you to do a thorough job in other cases that might come before you. being progressive, which the people are claiming to keep him in office i think being progressive is beyond our -- violence against women such as he said sorry it was a mistake opinion it was mig nord when it was against women. san francisco wants a sheriff who is proud that san francisco has set a standards to keep a city safe, and i really truly believe it is in every citizen's best interest for us to show that public officials are trusted to hold convicted offenders responsible at the top level. thank you. >> president chiu: going to
wait for quiet. >> hope i have the same time. my name is -- actually i'm here on behalf of iranian in the bay area san francisco. i was political president of -- for woman rights. and it is my -- woman rights because i was in prison for that. i got lots of torture for that. here, i want to support ross mirkarimi. just i want you to remember, many iranian come to this country, they work so hard, they pay tax, they want to become part of society. and the guy sitting there, he representative all iranian in u.s., in whole nation. today, october 9, what you in whole u.s., and also i want
inside of iran, million people over there,&1r they are waitingr what your decision. and, also, my life in san francisco, i got my masterap program in political science in represent the students in political science program also. i"x 7 talk to students, they tao me on everything. i say wow you -- in san francisco state university and also in the the citycñábnd l supervisor in here i want just let yo»sf> know about the peopln here, just go out of the area in the city,.r50ñ go to universityd also talk to the people in here, immigrant people, they have a become society. very important because the common u.s. for democracy just and please÷1 just -- ross
because -- >> president chiu: thank you thanks. next speaker. >> good afternoon,/ hello, san francisco. my name is paul courier, and it's an:blq honor and privilegeo show up in the room of the people, in room 250 at our building, city hall. some of the supervisors know that i filed formal ethics charges against you on october 3. there are seven of you. and you know i filed formal ethics charges for obstruction of justice. that's a felony, i'll remind you, and perjury. you signed your sunshine srgss certifications. you said you read the sunshine ordinance and understood it and you shut sunshine down, you obstructed justice. that's a felony. this is open and shut, real cut
and dry. this is not vague law, like ms. keyser and mr. keith seem to think is appropriate in the hall of the people. you know, we're going to vote on november 6, and -- on whether we want to fire big bird. i'm saying that to all of san francisco and everybody watching tv because we've got a real serious vote on november 6. we have another serious vote coming up if we decide to recall mayor lee and recall district attorney gascón. he didn't find anything wrong with the mayor lying on the stand on june 29 at this ethics commission. i was in the room. officer -- who was in the room he and i were the only two human beings that did not leave. the minute that that ethics meeting on -- was wrong. supervisor did not rees the meeting. he adjourned the meeting at 1:08
when we had some telephone call from the seven foot tall ukrainian bomber. i guess the sfpd can%cm@ñ see hw tall someone is on the telephone. this is not funny. it. but recalling supervisors and recalling the machine in san francisco, that's up -- >> president chiu: thank you.8xk next speaker. >> ladies and]n.2ç gentlemen, gd afternoon. as well as supervisors, good afternoon. i'm here in hopefully to stop into the ed lee magic show, do, instead of analyzing the3m"f over the past nine